Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Honors Koreatown Restaurant Ham Ji Park as the Small Business of the Year

Monday, June 5, 2017

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas today honored Koreatown resident Ms. Hwa Shin Kim as the 2017 Small Business of the Year for the Fifty-Fourth Assembly District. Every year, Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas recognizes a small business owner for their contributions to California.

“I’m honored to name Ms. Hwa Shin Kim and Ham Ji Park as the 2017 Small of the Business of the Year in the 54th Assembly District,” said Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas. “She is an inspirational leader and has done a phenomenal job of contributing to the Los Angeles community.”

Ms. Hwa Shin Kim is the owner of Ham Ji Park, a renowned Korean barbecue restaurant that opened in Los Angeles in 1993. Serving the community for more than 25 years, Ham Ji Park is best known for their barbecue ribs and their pork neck chowder called gamjatag. The restaurant has received an overwhelming number of positive reviews from critics and media alike including LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times and VICE.

Ms. Kim is a resident of Koreatown. Along with her family, Ms. Kim immigrated to Los Angeles from South Korea in 1989 after having experienced the brutality of the Korean War. After the war, Ms. Kim worked at the Rural Development Administration (RDA) for 11 years, coordinating different programs to help rebuild the country before opening her restaurant.